So who can beat Trump? Twenty years ago, this question would have been greeted with derision. Because the answer was obvious—ANYBODY can beat Trump. It’s what people do, because Trump is a total idiot, incompetent at everything he does, from marriages to broken casinos. He has money because he was born to money and simply hasn’t had time to blow it all. Also, banks seem to be idiots with no morality at all. Banks know how to scam the public. It’s what they do, so for them to continue supporting Trump, is to just keep on truck'n. It’s what they do.
I have been drawn to wondering why we have had so many folks trying to win the Democratic Presidential nomination. I mean, twenty plus people??? Really?? How could that be? Maybe those old “smoke-filled back rooms” weren’t so bad after all. But then I thought. Trump. It’s all about Trump. Think of it. Trump is one of the most laughable people on the planet. He’s demonstrably stupid. And for that I blame daddy. I really do assume that, because Trump is so stupid, that daddy did not want him embarrassed all the time in school, so he sent someone else in junior’s name. So The Donald never actually received a formal education. I mean, that would explain his abysmal ignorance of almost everything on almost any subject. He either can’t or simply doesn’t read.
And then there is his narcissism. What is a narcissist? Well, there are definite signs of what is known as narcissistic personality disorder:
- grandiose sense of self-importance
- preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
- belief they’re special and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people or institutions
- need for excessive admiration
- sense of entitlement
- interpersonally exploitative behavior
- lack of empathy
- envy of others or a belief that others are envious of them
- demonstration of arrogant and haughty behaviors or attitudes
Ok, so he pretty much satisfies all nine of these signals.
And then there is his latent racism. It is well known that he and his kids (also slumlords) practiced racism fairly openly in deciding to whom and who not to rent to with their apartments. He also sucks up to racist KKK folks commonly. I know he decries racists when it is convenient, but that is because of his other dominant trait—LYING. It could be a characteristic associated with his basic stupidity and his narcissism. He says things that are blatant lies, but my theory is that he is not even aware he is lying. He says whatever he thinks will make an audience adore him. That those things are lies known to almost any thinking adult is irrelevant to him. If it works at the moment for his selected audience that is all that matters. He has no regrets for lying because he doesn’t care who gets hurt in the process.
And then comes his basic incompetence, I assume something also associated with his serious ignorance and stupidity. I assume that seriously stupid people can do some things. I mean, if you give them a lawn mower and tell them how to mow, they may be able to complete a simple lawn job. If you tell them how to write a check, they may be able to complete that task, even while having no understanding of the significance of writing said check.
And then, of course there is all the crap about Trump’s malodorous beliefs and practices regarding both his various wives, and women not his wives.
But all of the above is not only known, but known for decades. None of it is a surprise. And when his supporters say, proudly, but Trump is a businessman, as though that automatically qualifies him for President, the standard retort is, “well, yes, but he is a demonstrably unsuccessful businessman. He is in fact totally incompetent at the world of business, having caused six bankruptcies, more than almost anyone on the planet.
And so that draws me back to the very large field of competitors for his job. And then, Voila! Of course there are many candidates. Trump has demonstrated that you don’t need to be qualified at anything to win the presidency. Oh, you might need some qualifications to actually BE the president, but not to run for president and certainly not to attract voters to your side. Almost anyone with money can apparently become president. And, if you look, almost everyone within the entire field of democratic candidates has more experience actually doing things than Trump. Even Mayor Pete has some managerial experience as a mayor, albeit of a small town. And Pete served honorably in the military, and has a distinguished academic background. Most of the others have either served in some political government positions, or run businesses more successfully than Trump. So, the entire field can say, I’m clearly better than Trump. Turns out, almost any working adult in America could claim better credentials than Trump. Ergo, the very large field of candidates.
AND, while it might be nice to look at the records of people and figure out who might actually be a better president, the answer again is, “well, almost anybody.”
Now, none of this will make it easier to decide for whom you might want to vote in the primaries. The field really is wide open, narrowing a little, but still pretty large. But for all of you complaining about this very large field, I have two thoughts.
One, Trump is the sole blame here. If he had any qualities worthy of the name, that field would be much narrower. And, Two, whoever is the final candidate against Trump, kindly go to the polls to cast your ballot so as to rid our nation of this awful pseudo-human. America will not outlast another four more years of Trump. And check now to be certain that you are registered. Trump and his buddies are going to try to wreak havoc with our 2020 voting system. Don’t let them. Register and then VOTE!